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Hello Team GSMP: Laurie Hartz

We're diving into summer by talking to Laurie Hartz, GSMP's Economic Development Coordinator and Investor Relations Manager. Laurie studied at the University of Arizona and began her work in the tourism industry at the Flagstaff Convention & Visitor Bureau working primarily with tour operators bringing groups to nearby Sedona and Grand Canyon. As with so many others, she got to Texas "as soon as she could" with a move to Austin in 2003, nearer to her father and family who had been in the Marble Falls area for several years, and the opportunity to join the Austin Convention & Visitor Bureau (CVB) to work with mid-size convention groups. A new position with the Fredericksburg CVB to help increase mid-week occupancy by building the small meetings market was a wonderful new opportunity and Laurie was a part of the Fredericksburg team for almost 8 years. Meeting her future husband, a long-time resident of San Marcos, brought her to GSMP almost three years ago.

What do you like most about your job?

LH: At the top of my list would be the people with whom I work. We really have a good team! We work well together; each person has a specific role and we work hard to bring our successful piece to whatever project, event, meeting, etc. is at hand. We also jump in and help each other when needed too – from another's expertise in creating a more advanced spreadsheet to all hands on deck stuffing name badges before a major event. I also enjoy the interaction with our partners, board and investors and appreciate that we're all in this for the good of our region.

What three words/titles would you use to describe your role?

LH: Chief Scheduler for our President, Investor Coordinator, and Director of First Impressions. 

Last book you read for fun?

LH: Finding your Own North Star by Martha Beck

What is your motto or personal mantra? 

LH: It's based on one of my favorite quotes by the fabulous Audrey Hepburn - "For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."

Latest Netflix binge?

LH: With the new season just out, we're making our way through House of Cards.  I feel like I have a love/hate relationship with this show and can't stop from watching another episode!